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Health department warns about mosquito season

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Spending time outside also means dealing with bugs and bug bites. But a simple mosquito bite could cause more than an annoying itch.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says West Nile virus is still a concern in Iowa. Last year there were five reported cases of West Nile virus in Iowa, including one death. According to the IDPH, West Nile virus has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds, since it first appeared in 2002.

The IDPH has the following suggestions to avoid coming in contact with mosquitoes.

  • Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.
  • Eliminate standing water around the home because that's where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes. Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

Online Producer: Jenn Jarvis

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